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THE DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF.
VOLUME XLIII DONALDSONVILLE, LA., SATURDAY, JULY 11, 1914. NUMBER 49 CITY OF DONALDSONVILLE '/ A Thriving and \i4 THE GATEWAY TO THE FERTILE VALLEY OF THE FAFOURCHE " POSSESSED OF EXCEPTIONAL RAIL AND WATER TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES A City with a Progressive City THE CENTER OF POPULATION OF THE STATE Great Future rr i i NATURAL DISTRIBUTING POINT . Donaldsonville Wants: New Industries and Immigration. Donaldsonville Offers: Free Factory Sites with Free . ®. Power and Water. Rich Lands on Attractive Terms. A Welcoming Hand to All New Comers " DIU GREAT ALLEY COUNITRY. Limitless Possibilities in Diver sified Farming, Stock Raising, Dairying and Truck Growing Era of Development Impending. R. R. Claridge, agricultural agent of the Texas & Pacific and Interna tional & Great Northern Railways, recently made a farm diversification talk at Donaldsonville. Speaking of the advantages of our great valley section for the stock-farmer and the dairyman, Mr. Claridge said: "I have been around a good deal, but have never anywhere seen natur al conditions more favorable for the production of meat-stock and dairy products than in this valley region. The country seems to produce lavish ly all the feed and pasture crops which are grown north, beside a great many not possible to produce in more northern latitudes. Indeed, it seems to me there is more feed going to waste in this valley than has made some sections famous for the production of meat and dairy stock. "There is very little winter to house and feed against, while green pasture of various kinds may be had the year 'round. And as pasture is a prime essential in the cheap pro duction of live stock, this great low er valley of the Mississippi seems specially favored, not only in the variety of pasture plants which may be successfully grown, but as well in the luxuriance of their yield un der the fructifying influences of a fertile soil, an ample rain-fall and a southern sun. "And the same array of favoring natural conditions, which should cause this section to occupy a pre mier place in live stock production, should also give to it the same com manding position in the commercial growing and shipping of truck and fruit products. "For instance, thousands of cars of strawberries should go out every sea -pn 'from the-T. &' P: towin-bDteween Alexandria and New Orleans. Some ' of the winters are so mild that there would be express, and possibly car shipments all winter, and at fancy prices, naturally. "Watermelons should move by the train loaid the middle of June or be fore. In fact, there is hardly a vege table or small fruit product which may not be successfully grown, and reach the northern markets at sea sons so early as to meet slight com petition. "It is gratifying to observe a dis position on the part of the people to become awake to the wonderful ca pabilities of their soil and climate. They are not only \awake, but show an unmistakable tendency to do something about it. I confidently predict a wonderful era of agricul tural and industrial development in this lower valley country during the immediate years to come, and in which the great railway lines I have the honor to represent will be a militant factor." RESPONSIBILITY OF G000D CITIZENSHIP. HOW YOU CAN HELP BU110 UP YOUR COMMUNITY. A community is as progressive as its average citizen-no more and no less. Every individual is reckoned with in arriving at the average. No one is exempt. You are responsible for the spirit of your community. You are, whether you know it or not. You cannot place yourself out of the calculation. You either stand above or below the average; if below, you are a community liability; if above, a community asset. In one case you are pulling down; retarding the advancement and progress of the community. In the other you are pulling up and promoting advancement and progress. There is a responsibility resting upon every citizen of this town-the responsibility of good citizenship. What makes one a good citizen? What constitutes good citi zenshlip. Is it paying your bills and taxes? Yes, partly, but more. It is lending your aid and co-o;,eration in all movements for the bet terment and advancement of your city and section; it is patroniz ing home industries, your merchants, your bankers, your bakers, . Your butchers, your printers, your factories, Your shops, and sup Porting your home concerns who pay the taxes for the main tenance of your government, who help to support your schools, Your charities, your good roads; who pay the salaries on which many families depend, and on whose prosperity rests in large measure the welfare of your city. Mail order catalogs are sent you by houses which bear none of the burdens of taxation in your community, which are in no wise interested in the growth of your city, and when you order from them you are aiding and abetting unfair competition for YOUr home merchants. REMEMBER THIS BEFORE SENDING AWAY ANOTHER ORDDR. REMEMBER, TOO, THAT MONEY SENT AWAY FOR GOODS YOU SHOULD BUY AT HOME, NEVER RETURNS, AND GOES TOWARD ENRICHING ANOTHER CITY INSTEAD OF YOUR OWN. S KEEP YOUR MONEY AT HOME AND HEIP.. BUILD UP YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. DONALDSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, By R. S. VICKERS, Secretar y Second Annual Fair at Dfondsonville OCTOBER 9, 10, 11 and 12, 14 Donaldsonville the Best Nation of Them All. At the Red Men's Festival of Na tions there was displayed a booth representing Donaldsonville. A home constructed of Elm Hall canned pro ducts surmounted with a roof of green vegetables was surrounded on either side by vegetable, fruit and flower gardens containing specimens of what is actually growing now on the lands in and around Donaldson ville, among the products being the following: Currant, citronelle, cab bage, corn, cucumber, squash, white eggplant, okra, tomatoes, butterbeans, snapbeans, peas, onions, garlic, shal lots, pumpkin, lettuce, carrots, beets, radlislhe, peppers. (4 varieties), as paragus, celery, Irish potatoes (red and white), rhubarb, ground arti choke, burr artichoke, parsley, cow peas, credder, sweet potatoes, escor al, cantaloupe, muskmelon, water melon, apples, oranges, persimmons, lemons, grapefruit, grapes, quince, figs, apricots, raspberry, strawberry, peaches, pears, cotton, sugar cane, al falfa, sorghum, lespedeza, rice, mint, popcorn, field corn, peanut, pecan, syrup, honey, smelling gourds, anise seeds, wax, camphor, oak, mulber ry, crepe myrtle, magnolia fuscati, roses, nasturtium, salvia, honey suckle, cannas, carnation, daisies, marigold, sunflower, grand duke, snapdragon, cosmos, verbena, dahlias, zinnia, and balsam. In addition the home was amply supplied wiith canned goods exhibited by Raymond. Thiery, J. C. Bouche reau, Chas. Landry, U. L. Rodriguez and others, showing how the thrifty farmer can put up everything green he produces. The booth of course could nut contain everything which can be grown here, for a number of things were out of season. Verily a "nation" capable of pro ducing so many and such a variety of things needs must be the best na tion of them all. Here is a vegetable tonic that is far better for. you to take than the dangerous drug and poison called cal omel. You never can tell when cal omel is going to "get you." That's the worst thing about taking so un certain and dangerous a drug for constipation and liver trouble. Cal omel is liable to salivate you or "knock you out" for at least a day the very next time you try it. The X-Ray Pharmacy has the mild vegetable remedy that successfully takes the place of calomel. This remedy is Dodson's Liver Tone, a very pleasant tasting liquid that gives quick but gentle relief from constipation, torpid or "lazy" liver. Dodson's Liver Tone is fully guar anteed, and if youbuy a large bot tle for fifty cents and it does not entirely satisfy you, the drug store where you bought it will promptly give you your money back with a smile. Dodson's is fine for both children and grown, people. WHAT AND WHEN TO PLANT, Vegetables That Can be Profitably Cultivated in This Section for Shipment to Northern Markets Seed Required Per Acre. W. E. Ellis, traveling freight agent of the American Refrigerator Tran sit Company, with headquarters at New Orleans, furnishes the following list of vegetables grown in this sec tion that can be profitably cultivated for early shipment to northern mar kets, together with the amount of seed required per acre, best variety of seed to use and when to plant in order to secure the best returns: Seed Commodity Plant For Shipment Per Acre Eschallots Aug. 20 Nov. 1 4 lbs. Turnips (purple top Globe) Aug. 20 Nov. 1 2 lbs. Carrots (half long) Aug. 20 Nov. 1 4 lbs. P-.rsley (plain and curley) Aug. 20 Nov. 1 10 lbs. Beets (early blood) Aug. 20 Nov. 1 6 ibs. Lettuce (Trocadero) Aug. 20 Nov. 1 4 lbs. Radishes (round white tip) Oct. 15 Dec. 25 10 lbs. Celery (golden self bleach) Oct. 15 Dec. 25 6 oz. Cauliflwer (snowball) Aug. 15 Dec. 25 6 oz. Cabbage (succession) Aug. 20 I'Feb. 1 s lb. Beans (Curry's Rust Proof) Sept. 15 Feb. 1 ½ bu. Peas (Peerless) Sept. 15 Feb. 1 2 bu. (Later Telephone peas). Cucumbers (Ruster's Peerless) Dec. 1 March 1 2 lbs. Tomatoes (Acme and Peerless) Dec. 15 May 15 4 oz. Peppers (Ruby King) Dec. 15 May 15 4 oz. Cantaloupes (rust resisting Pollard) Dec. 15 May 15 3 lbs. Strawberries (Klondike) Aug. 20 April 1 12,000 plt. Celery, cauliflower, calhbage, cu i cumber, tomato and pepper seeds should be sown in hot beds, and the plants of the three first-named vege tabbles set out after Sept. 15. Of the above the most staple ar ticles are lettuce, celery, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, can taloupes and strawberries. All these crops should be planted in rotation, putting in a new patch .every: ten days, as the market ex tends from November 3 to Junom._1, tomatoes, cantaloupes and berries. Cauliflower and celery coming in about Christmas are just between the California and Florida crops. The first cantaloupes on the market are from California and are shipped May 26. The Texas tomato crop does not begin to move until May 25 or later. Electric Road at Last? Judge L. P. Caillouet, Dr. H. S. Smith and Alfred Picot, of Thibo daux, Walter Ohlmeyer, of Platten ville, and Mr. Taylor, 'the latter rep resenting a syndicate of Canadian capitalists, visited Donaldsonville Tuesday on business connected with the proposed construction of an elec tric railway along the east bank of Bayou Lafourche from this city to the Gulf. Rights of way have al ready ,been secured from Lockport to Thibodaux, and it is stated this sec tion of the road will be built first, after which the line will be extend ed to Donaldsonville. While this project has been dis cussed many times in the past and alwayg failed to materialize, it is asserted the investors behind the movement this time mean business and intend to put their plans through, providing a favorable report is made by their representative. Mr. 'Taylor declared himself to be favor ably impressed with the opportunity for profitable investment offered in the construction of this line, and ex pressed astonishment that such a road had not been built long ago. He will give the project his unquali fied endorsement, and the chances seem really bright that at last the people residing in the fertile and productive Lafourche valley ai~e to have the benefit of modern and ade quate transportation facilities, a boon that has been long lenied them. "It takes a live fish to swim up stream." Be live. Advertise in The Chief. Keep your money at home and help build up your own community. RIPE FIGS WANTED Will buy in any quantity, by weight or on trees with in reasonable distance of Donaldsonville. FRUIT MUST BE SOUND AND CLEAN ADDRESS RAYMOND THIERY P. O. Box 244 DONALDSONVILLE, LA. ASCENSION'S FINE SHOWING, Agricultural and Industrial Statistics Demonstrate that Parish is One of Wealthiest and Most Progres sive in State. The annual-report of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Im migration for the year 1913 gives the following agricultural and industrial statistics fon the parish of Ascen sion: Total number of acres of land in parish, 171,607. Acres in cultivation, 79,310. Acres in timber land, 76,002. Acres in p~Sture, marsh and mnea dow lands, 25,295. Total value of lands, $1,946,910. Acres in cotton, 1300. Number of bi.es made (500 pounds each), 1490. Value of same, $29,500. Acre. in corn; 41,310. Bushels of cern produced, 578,340. Value of samne, $347,000. Acres in suer cane, 33,000. Pounds of s4jar manufactured, 55, 944,000. _,Value. of s 1,958,000. eries, 200." Value of same, $12,800. Barrels of molasses made (50 gal lons each), 55,000. Value of same, $165,000. Acres in rice, 3400. Pounds of rough rice produced, 7, 600,000. Value of same, $114,000. Sugar refineries, 8. Capital invested in same, $560,000. Rice mills, 1. Capital invested in same, $75,000. Cotton gins, 7. Capital invested in same, $17,500. Sawmills, 2. Capital invested in same, $175,000. Number of horses, 1519. Value of same, $91,140. Number of mules, 1800. Value of same, $225,000. Number of cattle, 227. Value of same, $4540. Number of sheep, 100. Value of same, $250. Lumber output per year, 42,450,000 feet. Value of same, $849,000. A compilation of these statistics gives the following totals: Acres in cotton, corn, cane and rice, 75,810... Total value of above crops, $2,626, 300. Manufactories, 18. Capital invested in same, $827,500. Number of horses, mules, cattle and sheep, 3646. Value of same, $320,930. No figures are given as to the acreage, output or value of the pota to, hay, oats or vegetable crops; the number of barrels of syrup made, and the number and value of the hogs in the parish. The statistics presented show some thing of the vast resources and pos sibilities of this favored section, and prove that Ascension, with wonder fully fertile soil and every natural advantage, is capable of offering as much or more to the intelligent farm er and homeseeker as any other ag ricultural community in the country. The progress already made along the lines of diversified farming and stock raising indicate that these enterprises are destined to reach the very high est stages of development in Ascen sion within the near future, assuring the continued prosperity and well-be ing of our parish and its people. Donaldsonvlile, La., July 7, 1914. Truck Being Shipped by Express. Express shipments of bell peppers, sweet corn and okra are being made to northern and eastern markets by truck farmers of this locality. Twenty or more carloads of lettuce, parsley, shallots, onions, garlic and potatoes were shipped from Donaldsonville during the season just terminated, the consignments being assembled from various communities on the line of the T. & P. Railroad between St. lames and this city. Several cars were despatched also by truck grow ers at St. Elmo and Belle Helene, on the east bank of the river, and in the New River section. It is be lieved that more than 100 carloads of truck products will go forward from Donaldsonville next winter and spring. Remember that money sent away for goods you should buy at home never returns, and goes toward en riching another city instead of your own. Attractive, stationery is the only kind we print. Give us your orders. A CITY OF OPPORTUINITY. Donaldsonville Rich in Possibilities which an Awakening Spirit of Progress is Fast Transforming Into Actualities. By WALTER LEMANN, Mayor and (ommis sioner of Pnblic Health and safety Ideally located at the junction of the Father of Rivers with the La 1ourche, Donaldsonville at once com bines within itself all the advantages of city and country alike. Readily accessible to all points, surrounded by the most fertile soil in the coun try, can any place afford better op portunities for development? Alive at all times to every move ment for progress and advancement, enjoying a commission form of gov enunment, its people stand ever ready to aid in the building up of any industry which capital may see fit lo embark in. Here the prover bial southern hospitality finds its best expression in the sincere, cor dial welcome which awaits every stranger. Indeed, there can be no strangers, so quickly is the welcom ing handl extended, so rapidly is the spirit of good-fellowship disseminated. Wherever one turns evidences are foynd that this is no idle boast. To welcome the stranger and to care for his wants, for a city of its size some five thousand people-Donald sonville offers everything that could be desired. A modern hotel equip ped with all the conveniences, an attractive Elks' Home, excellent schools, public and private, churches for all denominations, an abundance of the best drinking water in the world, ample shipping facilities these enumerate but a few of the conveniences which are to be found in this progressive city. But in possibilities, Donaldsonville is rich indeed. The awakening spirit manifested here and the surrounding` country is fast making these as With this pin-: as a' centre, ' we here find radiating in every direction facilities which can scarcely be du plicated anywhere. On the opposite side of the river in the New River section we find an agricultural kaimh school, one of the first in the state, whose pupils have repeatedly won honors in every contest entered in to; and farms owned by sturdy white men, who, following the splendid ex ample set by the agricultural high school, have made wonderful strides forward with their fine cotton and corn producing lands. Four dipping vats have started the parish on to early eradication of the tick and the quick development of this section for cattle. Wonderful clover fields surround Donaldsonville on every side, pointing out the possi bilities in cattle and swine. Within walking distance of the city are to be found, hog farms where the best type of the Duroc-Jersey are being devel oped. That truck of every imagin able description will grow here was demonstrated when on a small portion of a city lot there was brought forth recently in a contest thirty-five dif ferent varieties of green vegetables. The production assured, the mar keting has been taken care of by the organization of a truck growers as sociation through whose agency the farmer is enabled to secure the top prices at the various markets. Con nected by ferry with the Mississippi Valley Railroad and Frisco system, and on the main line of the Texas & Pacific and Missouri Pacific Rail roads, with the great river at its door to regulate freight rates, the farmer and manufact 'rer alike find here shipping facilities to every sec tion of the country, with the ever present assurance that the rates charged will -be always low. Gravel roads leading into the coun try in every direction, with an in terurban electric line now in course of projection down Bayou La fourche, the most thickly populated section of the " state, there is the making here of a great city. Already possessed of many conveni ences which larger cities have yet to secure, Donaldsonville presents a most attractive invitation to any one seeking a place where life is well 'worth the living, and the living is well worth the while. Secretary Daniels' famous order ban ishing intoxicants from the navy went into effect Wednesday. It not only abolishes the traditional "wine mess" of the officers, but bars all al coholic liquors from every ship and shore station of the navy. Any of ficer found in possession of alcoholic liquor on board ship or at any naval station will be guilty of misconduct. Commanding officers will be held di rectly responsible for the enforce ment of the "dry edict." FOR SALE RED RUST PROOF SEED OATS OF THE FAMOUS Mc GEHEE STRAIN. 50 BUSH ELS PER ACRE GROWN IN ASCENSION PARISH. OR DERS SOLICITED FOR DE LIVERY AFTER SEPT. 1. For particulars, address W. B. STUART, Belle Helene, La. illHIT KINDlil IMMilRATION, Home Builders, Not Speculators, Wanted i'' Louisiana---Success Sure for" Those with Properi Mental and IMoral Qualities. By E. P. GUEYKARD, Immigration Agent T. a& P. Railway. To the Flarm Journal Editors: You have arrived at the last sta tion in your tour of investigation and inquiry through the state of Louisiana. You have, as you de served, been cordially welcomed, ai4 have been futished every possible opportunity to be fully and correctly informed. The; spirit that prompte.d the invitation to you was not the ,spirit of boost or exaggeration, but it was retuated by the de sire that we. may be seen by our fellowv'-countrymen as we ac tually are. Immigration into the state-a suitable and desirablie immi gration-is what we ultimately ex pect and hope 'may be the outcome. We need it to help us in developing these vast acreages of rich, untilled land. We are Shot inviting specula tion, which is udlially accompanied by deceit and mis5epresentations, and oftea injustice o some. We are in viting a sane, ..table admission of men an'd womeik Who are desirous of building homes Jder conditions that give reasonable- Sromise of success. We do not wish'to encourage and will not countepance in means or methods any other kind. From what have seen we feed confident you... come to the con clusion that ana in health, cli mate and oppo *ties for success is a desirable lo for the home builder. You not only seen our possibilities, b yave taken note of our successes observed our mis takes and shor ngs. The knowl acquired can be helpful to us wo distinct ways. After mature tion you can by comparison w more progressive lions *ith wh iitlve a other :hand, you can be instrumental ;a breaking down. prejudices, cor recting misinformation and putting us before the American public in thi light of truth. You will have formed some opinion as to the character of immigration that will be most adaptable to' our climate and conditions. This class you will be able to advise and in struct. This is all. we have the right to expect from you in return for our hospitality. We feel that if the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is told with frankness, many will elect to cast their lot with us. We desire no stampede, but the in coming of those who have the mental *and moral qualities to make a suc ,cess, depending upon them to bring dthers of their kind. To these a nature as bountiful as the sun ever shone on will promise pros perity, and a hospitality as warm as ever graced a civilized people will add happiness. The cotton region weather bulle tin of the United States Department of Agriculture reports that for the week ending July 6 scattered show ers improved crops il some localities, but much early corn is damaged be Yond recovery. Cotton is standing the drouth well, but the boll weevil is increasing. Cane and rice are doing well, but pastures and truck are short. The Chief's telephone number Is. S4. Call us up whenever you have any item of news. HANAN SHOES The New English Last This new English last was first pro ducedbyHANAN for their London and Paris stores. It was such a de cided success that they introduced it in America, and today it is one of the big selling new styles in all the larger cities. B. Lemann & Brother Donaldsonville, Louisiana SWINE GAISING IN SlAGI BELT Abundance of Forage Crops for Graz ing and Long Growing Season Make Pork Production Profitable on Alluvial Lands. By PROF. E. L. JORDAN, Lonisiana State University. That the sugar lands of Louisiana are capable of producing phenomenal yields of pork is a fact which is be coming more and more apparent as this new industry is being gradually substituted for cane. And although it can 'hardly be said the swine in dustry, is as yet firmly established, it will very probably soon largely re place the former systems and work a: complete revolution in a large por tion of the state. The sugar lands, being by far the most fertile in the state, will naturally produce propor tionally larger crops of hogs. Once established, this industry will doubt less be fuly as profitable as cane growing has ever been. The factors which have most to do with profitable pork production are an abundance of forage crops suitable for grazing and a long grow ing season which makes it possible to keep some good forage crop avail able during as much of the year as possible, Practically every variety of forage crop known will do well on the rich, well-watered alluvial lands of Louisiana, and with a lit tle forethought some of these crops can be made available EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR and the hogs can do the gathering, thus very materially reducing the cost of production. Nothing like ,this advantage can be approached in the colder climates where pork production has long been a staple industry, and it is an indis putable fact that hogs can be raised in- Louisiana at a very much lower cost than in the west. The crops best adapted to hog rais ing are oats, clover, corn, peas, soy: which s is co only usue The foliowing diagramatic illustra tiop by Dr. W. R. Dodson makes the system very easily understood: Group 1-Corn and peas. Group 2-Oats and clover, or rape, Soy beans, or peanuts. Group 3-Oats and clover; osi rape, Sweet potatoes: Order of Cropping. Field 1. Field 2. Field 3. 1914-Group 1. Group 2. Group 3. 1915-Group 2. Group 3. Group 1. 1916--Group 3. Group 1. Group 2. 1917-Group 1. Group 2. Group 3. Field 4-Permanent pasture of B.et mnda sod and white clover. Order of Grazing. Sows and pigs-On oats and clover, October to February. On oats and clover or rape, February to May. Sod pasture to July 15.. Fattening hogs-Corn and peas, July 15 to Sept. 1. Peanuts or soy beans, Sept. 1 to Nov. 1. Sweet po tatoes, Nov. 1 to market. Corn should be fed to hogs on pea mits or soy beans, and a little cot ton seed meal while on sweet Pota toes. Of course, a sufficient amount of grain must be fed the brood sows ,and pigs while on pasture to insure rapid gains, but the cost of the gain is very materially reduced by means of the pasturage. Another point of interest to those who are contemplating going into the production of pork on a large scale is the fact that the loss from hog chol erai is percentagely less in Louisiana than in any other state of the Union. -- .